Alright so a lingering question for me...
I'm 165 cm and 135 lbs. I've demoed some kind of 170 Salomon carvers, the BBRs, Lords, I've rented some Atomic carvers in 154 to race slalom on, got some 163 K2 apache raiders, so I've pretty much never tried a wide ski like the K2 Sidestashes before.
In late February, before the end of February storms, I was at Kirkwood and they were demoing K2 Sidestashes. This was on that weekend where the snow did not soften after a 40-60 degree week so it was pretty frozen and icy. I picked up some mid 170 length sidestash skis, 100+ underfoot, and had a miserable 2 runs on them... yet I hear rave reviews about them.
When I carved, they hooked an edge and it was extremely tough to get off that edge and get it to go in the other direction. I had to force it a lot to go in a desired direction and it wasn't fun, obviously, with that super long turn radius as I wasn't feeling like ripping long GS turns that took over the entire trail on a crowded Zachary or Sentinel Bowl.
Now's my questions:
Was the length too long?
Am I just not used to such a wide ski or different ski?
Or are the skis just not meant for those conditions? (well clearly, they are best in powder, but I did see some other rockin dudes on wide skis and it was all hardpack)